I love introducing the Madhouse Kids to the classic kids' TV programmes that I remember from my youth, so I was very excited to learn about the release of BBC children’s fantasy drama, A Traveller in Time, which is an adaptation of Alison Uttley’s acclaimed novel of the same name. The series was on TV way back in 1978 (I must have seen a repeat - I'd have only been six !) but this is its first time on DVD. It's amazing to think that we hadn't even heard of Betamax or VHS, let alone DVDs, back when it was on the telly originally !
When Penelope Taberner (Sophie Thompson – Detectorists) goes to live with her Uncle Barnabas (Gerald James – The Man with the Golden Gun) and Aunt Tissie (Elizabeth Bradley – Coronation Street) on their remote, ancient Derbyshire farm, she begins to see spooky visions.
Travelling back to Tudor times, she soon uncovers a plot to free Mary Queen of Scots in order to overthrow Elizabeth I. Unfortunately her very own ancestors, the Babington family, are responsible for the treason. Penelope already knows the tragic fate that awaits the Scottish Queen but can she stop history from following its natural course?
This mysterious and charming five part BBC drama inspired by the real life Babington Plot, was produced and directed by Dorothea Brooking (The Secret Garden) and stars Sophie Thompson in her first TV appearance, alongside the late Simon Gipps-Kent (Great Expectations).
It’s time to revisit history (and televisual history) in A Traveller in Time !
It looks very dated - it is almost forty years old after all ! - but the Madhouse kids still enjoyed the plot and it's an enjoyable way of discovering more about this aspect of British history. I loved the trip down memory lane too !
Title: A Traveller In Time (1978)
Release Date: 9 November 2015
Cat No: 164438
Running Time: 145 mins approx. on 1 disc
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